Berlin Festival 2015 Thoughts
The 10th annual Berlin Festival took over a huge space in Kreuzberg, encompassing some of the city’s biggest venues as well as the Badeschiff, White Trash Fast Food and some fresh open air space.
The music line-up for Berlin Festival this year was predominantly electronic focused and whilst some people I spoke to were a bit surprised with the lack of big bands based on previous years, I thought the line-up was more than strong enough to carry festival goers throughout the three days and that it was a great celebration of the city. Afterall this is “Berlin Festival” and what does Berlin do best music wise? I think you already know the answer.
The festival site was like a city within a city, hosting up to 6 stages over the weekend, a variety of stalls, a solid range of food options, and plenty of bars.
The main stage this year had what can only be described as a mind-blowing sound-system, lows were so low yet there was still clarity in the high end. Experiencing Marek Hemmann here on Friday night was nothing short of a full body experience made perfect by a great range of tracks spanning Marek’s two full length releases. Followed by Ten Walls and Seth Troxler way into Saturday morning, the warehouse was a perfect way to kick off the festival. Honorable mention goes to Tourist who that night who played a solid live set.
With Friday night’s selection being strictly an evening affair it’s safe to say that the festival really came into its own graced by the great early Saturday afternoon weather. Exploring the site all afternoon brought a sense of adventure which I though would be hard to encompass given the large, yet urban festival site but with so much going on in terms of entertainment in the form of music, art, food, drink and more.
The Watergate area was absolutely perfect on Saturday, taking over the beach area near Badeschiff the sand was packed all day long producing quite possibly the perfect way to spend the day. River to your left, sand below, music in front and sun all around. The line-up brought some of Watergate’s finest and their friends including Berlin locals, Ellen Allien and Pan-Pot.
Over at the outdoor Elektronische Wiese stage which gave off real “field festival” vibes, the powerful Richie Hawtin played, of course, an awesome selection of dark, minimal techno to a huge crowd.
The day for us ended with a brilliant short set by Romano, of whom we had experienced no real exposure to before the Festival, followed by DJ cum live vocalist Fritz Kaklbrenner who entertained the mass of people in the arena till the early hours before Ame and Dixon finished off the night.
Unfortunately due to flight schedules we didn’t make it to the Sunday of the festival but with possibly the biggest line up of the weekend including Rudimental and Underworld I’m sure we’d be right in saying it was brilliant.
Berlin Festival was a fantastic representation of the electronic music that the city is so famous for, with such a big line-up of local and international acts, flawless organisation, yes even the cashless bars worked great, and glorious weather all we can say is roll on next year.